Temple Signs Eight Lacrosse Recruits for the 2019 Season

PHILADELPHIA - Representing seven states, the Temple lacrosse recruiting class for 2018-19 is an impressive one across the board. Head coach Bonnie Rosen's eight-member signing class will be the first to play in the American Athletic Conference as the Owls transition to the AAC from the Big East starting in the 2019 season.

Joining Temple from this year's signing class are Wynston Archer (Charlottesville, Va./Covenant School), Valerie Cradler (Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy), Kessina Heyn (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill), Margot Hotham (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), Gabbi Kirsch (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown), Hannah Mill (Parker, Colo./Legend), Abaigeal Ryan (Princeton, N.J./Princeton HS) and Lauren Zinkl (Edgewater, Md./South River).

Archer is a 5-10 midfielder who was named first team all-state as a junior and second team all-state as a sophomore for The Covenant School. She was team captain as a sophomore, was named all-league as a junior, and has started all three years so far. She also lettered for three years in field hockey and was a two-time all-state selection. Archer, who plans to major in business at Temple, has a longtime connection to Rosen as her parents, Rob and Sandy Archer, both knew Rosen when they ran track at Virginia while Rosen played lacrosse.

Cradler is a 5-10 defender out of Ursuline Academy who is a four-year letterwinner and already a two-year starter. Her team went 12-2 and placed third in the state her junior year, and she is a three-time Scholar Athlete Award recipient. Cradler also played for the Brandywine Majors Lacrosse Club and assistant coach Morgan Glassford, a standout for Temple from 2014-17. Cradler also earned four letters and three state titles in basketball, and her mother, Allison, played basketball at Saint Joseph's University.

Already a three-time all-county selection for Collins Hill High School, Heyn is a 5-5 midfielder and earned honorable mention all-state honors as a sophomore. She was also named Team MVP and Midfield Player of the Year as a junior. Heyn has earned a number of academic awards and was a Scholar Athlete in 2016-17. She also played basketball, water polo and ran cross country at various times for Collins Hill. Heyn plans to major in dermatology at Temple.

Hotham is a 5-8 midfielder who was named all-county second team and all-league honorable mention as a junior for Strath Haven High School. Her 87 draw controls set a single-season program record, and she also scored 44 goals and added seven assists. Hotham started on varsity as both a sophomore and junior, and earned a Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned honor roll mention or high honors in every semester. In another Glassford connection, Hotham is Morgan's cousin. Her Dad, Tor, was a three-time All-American in soccer at Shippensburg University while her mom, Nancy, played lacrosse for Bloomsburg University.

A four-year letterwinner for Williamstown High School, the 5-5 Kirsch already has 133 goals through three years including 52 her junior year. Kirsch is a three-time Team MVP, was team captain and first-team all-conference as a junior, and was also named to the South Jersey All-Area team. Williamstown advanced to its first playoff game in school history in 2017 and won. Kirsch has also earned four letters in soccer, three in winter track and one in swimming, winning sectionals in the 800m in 2015 and qualifying for states. In soccer, Kirsch was a three-time first team all-conference honoree. Outside of athletics, Kirsch is a member of the National Honor Society and has a brother who attends Temple.

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